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Turning slash piles into soil benefit

6 October 2011 – UWToday

Students at the University of Washington have teamed up on a startup that promises to turn slash piles of forest refuse into biochar, a crumbly charcoal-like product for farmers that helps their soil hold water and nutrients. Biochar is not technically a fertilizer, but often improves yield for farmers.


WSU gifted $40 million grant

4 October 2011 – The Daily Evergreen

WSU professors hope to change the scheme of America’s oil consumption with a $40 million grant for jet biofuel research they received last week.

Editorial: Biofuel grants show promise for region, nation

30 September 2011 – The Spokesman-Review

The twin $40 million grants awarded to Washington State University and the University of Washington for biofuels research position the consortiums they lead to take the United States another step, perhaps multiple steps, away from its dependency on oil and natural gas for energy.


WSU gets $40 million for biofuels research

29 September 2011 – The Spokesman-Review

Washington State University is getting a $40 million research grant to produce “green” jet fuel from woody debris in Northwest forests.


Public and Private Sectors Applaud USDA Announcement to Spur Job Creation in Research, Development and Production of Next Generation Biofuels

28 September 2011 – USDA News Release

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects today aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Altogether, the five-year program will deliver more than $136 million in research and development grants to public and private sector partners in 22 states.


FPL Research Supports USDA’s $80 Million Biofuels Investment

28 September 2011 – Forest Products Laboratory News Release

As a partner in the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) will receive $1.1 million to pretreat woody biomass for conversion to aviation fuel.